Rock River Poetry Contest National Winner
This week, we present the national winner of the Rock River Poetry Contest 2002. The winner is Robert Mills of Chicago.
For This We Have Survived
(William Butler Yeats Revisited)
I have heard the sea-wind
howl and scream
upon the tower,
watched dark clouds dance
where slaughtered mother, father, infant
lie battered in blood and ashes
The blood-dimmed tide
loosed upon the world
shrouds a vast image moving darkly
in timeless chaos
still slouching toward Bethlehem.
Yet from the howling storm
a voice to re-member the bodies,
restrain the great gloom,
banished beyond betrayal.
Events dimmed in memory
re-emerge with sanctity
when only the feeling remains.
Every legend of prayer-borne despair
repeated in dreamlike mimicry
expiates the pain of wounds never healed.
We sigh a poem to honor these dead.
For this we have survived.